So . . . not a great month for running. But I've learned over the years that there's a time to push yourself and a time to step back and give yourself a break. As much as I enjoy running, there are days when I just don't feel like doing it. Maybe I'm tired, maybe I'm busy running around with the kids. I try not to skip too many days when this happens because then it just feels like I'm living in Excuse City.
Last month, I missed an entire week of running. It started with me not feeling well and then life was busy and if I'd wanted to get a run in, it was going to have to be at night on the treadmill and when the weather's nice, I don't want to get on the treadmill. After several missed days, I was ready to go for a run. I was chaperoning a field trip for Anna's class which meant I couldn't run during the day and because Rich had a meeting that night, I was stuck with the treadmill. Okay, fine. I was ready to suck it up.
The field trip was winding down and I was standing with Anna when, wham, it felt like I'd been hit behind my bad knee with a slingshot. I knew I hadn't been hit with anything though. It was my old running injury returning for a quick visit. This all started before Rich and I were married. We were both training to run Falmouth and I had to stop running because I could barely walk down the street without this snapping sensation happening behind my knee. I did see a specialist at the time and without an MRI, he couldn't tell exactly what was going on. That snapping sensation was happening randomly and not constantly so I was able to walk, even if it was at a turtle's pace. I was told to stop running until it felt better and to stretch because, to him, my muscles felt too tight. I also have scar tissue behind that knee so who knows how that was factoring into the situation.
I'm so careful about adding mileage and/or speed because this old injury pops up when I "overdo" it. I was baffled over its surprise return, especially during a running mini-break. The only thing I can think of is that I hyperextended my leg and that set it off. I had the pulling sensation a few more times that day so I skipped running that night. I waited a few more days before testing it out and, thankfully, my knee has felt fine.
May ended up being a low mileage month, but it's better than nothing.
Total mileage for the month - 33.75 miles
Subtotal for 2018 - 208 miles
5/02 - 1.5 miles
5/03 - 2 miles (time 20:38) (85 degrees)
5/04 - Tap class
5/09 - 3 miles (time 30:12)
5/11 - 3 miles + tap class
5/13 - 5.25 miles
5/15 - 4 miles (time 43:00 - 2 miles of run hard for a minute, walk for a minute)
5/17 - 4 miles
5/18 - 2 miles (time 21:28, I wanted easy and I got easy) + tap class
5/25 - 2 miles (time 21:30) + tap class
5/28 - 3 miles (time 29:59)
5/30 - 4 miles (ran for 3 miles 31:28, walked .5, ran 1 mile)
To see my recap for April, click here.